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Residents of nursing homes in Hollywood and Florida are meant to be safe. After all, families place elderly family members in order to keep them safe. These facilities are supposed to provide care from trained professionals and this care can extend to driving seniors to doctor’s appointments.

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Unfortunately, car accidents remain a risk for elderly patients and even staff of nursing homes in Hollywood and Florida. Car accidents can impact staff and residents in a number of ways, and in most cases are preventable:

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With the clocks moving forward an hour this past week, this is a good time to have discussions about drowsy driving in Hollywood and across Florida. Daylight Savings Time is intended to make things more convenient by making sure we’re not heading to work and school in the dark during the winter months and it allows us to enjoy more sunshine in the spring and summer. However, that comes with a cost

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Some experts believe the week after we adjust our clocks can mean an increase in traffic accidents as our bodies adjust to the new sleep schedule. For many Florida residents, setting the clocks forward an hour means going to bed at the same time and rising at the same time, which means an hour less of sleep, which is linked to slower response times and increased drowsiness.

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A new study from the AAA has found that one out of ten car accidents may be linked to drowsy driving, making fatigued drivers more of a concern than many individuals thought. Previously, estimates had suggested only 1-2% of traffic collision were caused by drowsy drivers. The AAA study was more thorough than previous research, however, and included a larger pool of drivers examined.

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The results of the AAA study come from following 3,500 drivers between 2010 and 2013. During the study period, the drivers under observation were involved in over 700 accidents and fatigued driving was found to be a factor in as many as 9.5% of the crashes. Over 10% of the crashes linked to serious results, such as injury or airbag deployment, were linked to drowsy driving.

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If you’re in a car accident in Hollywood or anywhere in South Florida, one of the things you may first consider is the identity of the at-fault driver. In some cases, weather conditions seem to be the cause of the accident and you may wonder whether there is an at-fault driver at all or whether the entire collision can be blamed on bad weather.

Florida has lots of bad weather, including terrible storms, heavy rains, and other serious weather systems. If you’re injured in an accident in inclement weather, do you have a claim? Or is it just the conditions that are to blame?

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Driving is one of the riskiest things you do every day. Insurance companies estimate that the average driver files a car accident claim every 17.9 years, meaning that the average driver who gets behind the wheel of a car at age 16 can expect to have three to four accidents over a lifetime that are serious enough to merit a claim.

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The good news is that there are things you can do to lower your risk of accidents. They include:

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Car accidents in Hollywood and across South Florida often result in serious injuries, such as head trauma and fractures. Fractures are quite common in accidents due to the force of impact. Bones of the foot can be especially vulnerable to breaks, especially if your foot gets trapped under the pedal or if you to drive a small car and are in a head-on crash during which the front of your car is smashed.

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The crumple zone of your car is meant to protect you from head-on car accidents. The front of your car lessens the impact it before the metal and plastic vehicle gets your feet and legs. The force of the impact will have to tear through the entire hood. Unfortunately, in some smaller footprint cars, crumple zones are greatly reduced, increasing the risk of broken feet. In addition, some drivers place their feet underneath the pedals or in such a position that their feet can easily slip underneath the pedal in the event of a crash.

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Fog affects your ability to see and can make it harder for other drivers to see you. Each year, fog causes car collisions in South Florida, including in Hialeah and other communities. While you cannot control the weather, there are several things you can do to reduce the risk of being in a crash in these types of conditions:4

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Nursing homes and other care environments for seniors are expected to keep seniors safe. Part of that means preventing seniors from wandering away and causing injury to themselves.

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Seniors with certain conditions such as dementia are especially vulnerable to wandering away. They may become confused and may wander off nursing home grounds. They may not have the ability to cross a street safely and may wander into higher-traffic areas. Elderly nursing home residents need to be carefully supervised and steps need to be taken to prevent pedestrian accidents.

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Bicycling is a popular way to spend an afternoon or a day in Hollywood and across South Florida. It’s great exercise, a family-friendly activity, and a fun solo excursion, too. Bicycling lets us enjoy the sights, fresh air, sunshine, and natural beauty Florida is famous for and even allows us to head to spaces where cars are not allowed.

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It’s no wonder this form of activity is so popular.

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Whether you’re planning your commute, a road trip, a visit to a new destination, or any other drive, planning your route is an important part of knowing what to expect and understanding how to get your final destination. Planning your driving route can help you choose the most expedient and possibly most interesting way to get your destination. It can also help you avoid traffic collisions.

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Planning helps you target any potential hazard areas and allows you to choose the route which is least likely to lead to a crash in Hollywood or your community. There are a few things you will want to keep in mind when planning your traffic route:

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